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Dearest TINKEBELL,: Senders hate mail are exposed in art work

On May 16th 2009 the book Dearest TINKEBELL. has been published. This book is a collection of all the hate mail that Dutch artist TINKEBELL. has received between 2004-2008. The majority of the messages are a reaction to the My dearest cat Pinkeltje (2004) project, which had TINKEBELL. making a handbag out of her own cat.

The book is made in close collaboration with Dutch artist Coralie Vogelaar, who researched the origins of the mails. Besides the actual hate mails that TINKEBELL. has received, the book also includes personal information ( photos, blogs, addresses ) from those who have sent the hate mails. All this information was taken from the web. The majority of the hate mail (approximately 80%) comes from America, other countries include The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Russia, UK and Brazil.

The book features complementary essays by authors such as NRC Handelsblad art critic Ine Poppe and philosopher/linguist Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei. In their essays, they will discuss the meaning of the different emails from the perspective of their own disciplines. Their contributions will place this publication within a broader context in order to evaluate hatemail as both a social and artistic phenomenon.

With the publication of this book TINKEBELL. and Vogelaar bring about a huge change: the apparent anonymous practice of online threatening of public or semi-public individuals is confronted head on. Normally the artist is questioned about his or her work, in this book the viewing public
and critics are also held accountable for their actions.

(Read English article in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, a German article on Radio
or check out trendbeheer for more images.)

Courtesy TORCH Gallery Amsterdam

This project has been made possible by The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture.

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